I took this photograph of this cormorant at Huntington Gardens. I had never seen such a bird before the day I saw this one in the Chinese Gardens. Interestingly enough, I saw another younger cormorant at Descanso Gardens the very next week... These birds start off a lighter brown and become this beautiful black color as they get older. I felt very fortunate to see and photograph this bird. I hope that you will enjoy this photo!
I love to paint animals, you may see some of my finished paintings at lisarusso.com if you'd like.
Here is a sketch of a big eyed maiden. Her eyes are softly closed and her hair cascades around her... I think she is most likely a mermaid, although she could also be a goddess or a fairy angel. I'm unsure if I'll paint her or not, but I did enjoy sketching her.
I've decided to try and do a sketch a day in September. This is day 21. She is also face 21 for the 29 faces challenge in September.
This is a rough sketch.